Sunday, December 4, 2016

DON'T let anyone KISS your baby on the lips! The reason will shock you...

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Babies are so adorable. Most of the time, when we see a small child, we cannot help but show them our love and affection by kissing them on the face and lips.

left photo: via Whispered Inspirations (for graphical representation only)
right: 2-year-old Sienna Duffield

But last 2015, a British mom, Claire Henderson, shared a photo of her 1-month-old tot, Brooke, on Facebook. The infant was suffering from mouth and face disease. According to her, a stranger visited Brooke in the hospital and kissed her on the lips. That person did not know that she has herpes simplex virus and unaware that she passed the infection to the baby. Please read on and we at Health Avenue will share with  you more info

Her post reads:

"Please share this with every new mum and pregnant woman you know... COLD SORES CAN BE FATAL FOR A BABY. Before 3 months old a baby cannot fight the herpes virus. If a baby contracts this it can cause liver and brain damage and lead to death. I know this sounds like I am scaremongering but if my friend had not told me about this my baby girl could have been very seriously ill. I noticed the signs early and got her to A&E, we have now been in hospital on a drip for 3 days and have got another 2 to go. She was VERY lucky, all her tests came back clear. The moral of the story is DO NOT let anyone kiss your newborns mouth, even if they don't look like they have a cold sore- 85% of the population carry the virus. And if someone had a cold sore ask them to stay away until it has gone. Everyone who I have spoken to had not heard of this before and so I felt it was important to share Brooke's story and raise awareness to stop anyone else going through what we have this week."

screencap via Claire Henderson FB 

In 2013, another account of a 2-month-old baby surrounded the news with him suffering from a multiple organ failure after being kissed by his father who has herpes simplex virus."

Yet, this year, baby Sienna Duffield developed severe rashes on her face and later did the family find out that a relative kisses, who was infected with herpes, kissed her.

Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1) is a contagious infection that affects almost everyone. Although it can be seen in the genital and anal area, part of the infection are visible inside or around the mouth (oral herpes)

Please share this post to other parents to let them know about the dangers of kissing a newborn baby.


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